Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 13 March

Visitors to the Amazon encircle one of its precious trees.

Visitors to the Amazon encircle one of its precious trees.

I tell you, then, that the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a people who will produce its fruit.

Matthew 21:43

In this parable the tenants of the land take more than their due. When harvest time comes, they want to keep it all for themselves rather than sharing it with the landowner. They kill his servants and his son. But in the end, they lose everything.

Like the tenants in the reading, we often act as though we can take what we want without consequence.

We act as though the earth has no limits, as though our planet and its creatures have no value beyond their ‘usefulness’ to us. We plunder these riches and then fail to share them with our sisters and brothers.

The earth cries out

This is having a profound impact on the poorest and most vulnerable people as well as on the earth itself.

Last year, Pope Francis held an Amazon Synod in Rome. Ahead of the Synod, he asked REPAM - a Catholic Church network that promotes the rights and dignity of the Amazon’s indigenous people and works in defence of the rainforest - to lead a consultation process with local communities.

In total, over 87,000 people from across the Amazon region contributed, eager for their hopes and fears to be heard at last. Mauricio López, who works with REPAM, described how unprecedented this was: “The Pope told us that he had never experienced such a free and joyful pre-synodal consultation as this one.”

“The Synod is only a small part of the process. We hope it will be a catalyst to open new pathways for the Church. It is time to rediscover our connection with the land and with all people who share this earth, our common home. Only in this way will we be able to produce the fruit of the kingdom together.”

Lent prayer

Creator God, restore my relationships with others and the earth, so that we might feel truly connected. Work through us to produce your fruit. Amen.

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